Happy Geek Pride Day! The Geeks have inherited the earth, so celebrate your inner geek.
Mine are humble, but telling: I was about 14 when my Dad brought home the Apple IIe – a green monochrome monitor, keyboard, two floppy drives — one for reading code, and one for writing code — and dot-matrix printer. I was addicted from the beginning. There were a few games – like early, text-based and ascii-art versions of Castle Wolfenstein, Sneakers and Wizardry. I would buy copies of MacWorld magazine and copy-type in code for nifty DIY games. I began writing all my school papers using the word processor, which didn’t really please my teachers – how could they be sure it was my work, if not in my handwriting?
After seeing War Games I became obsessed with networked computers and begged my Dad for a modem. He bought me one, not really knowing what I was up to … until he received our telephone bill heavy with long-distance calls to the Hamilton BBS. Oh, that was a rough day for sure. But also the beginning of my love affair with computer technology.
Sadly, the IIe was our last family Apple – from there we migrated to the PC world. At school we had these crazy ICON computers and later Commodore 64s. Fortunately, I have re-embraced Apple once again, being a devotee to my iPod Touch, iPhone 3Gs, Mac Mini and MacBook Air.
An undergraduate degree from Waterloo (the Geek Heaven of Canadian universities) and five co-op terms at IBM labs sealed my fate. I was a geek, and always would be. I credit my geekiness for being the info pro I am today.